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March 19, 2018
No Plans for Spring Break or Spring Weekends? We’ve got you covered!
If you haven’t had time to plan anything for spring break, don’t worry. There’s a lot to do right here in Tampa Bay. Whether you want to soak up some sun on the beach or head to a spring training game, here are just a few ideas to enjoy some time with the kids during their week off.
Pack up your towels and sunscreen and head out to one of the many award-winning beaches right here in Tampa Bay. I recommend Fort De Soto Park’s North Beach in Tierra Vierde. Rated as one of the best beaches for families, this is a great place to enjoy without having to wait in traffic or fight for a good parking spot. Once you are in the park (there is a small charge to enter), head to the North Beach to find shallow clear water and beautiful white sand. There’s also a playground, and if you have older kids curious about history, head over to the Historic Fort and Museum to while away an afternoon.
Spring training has been a tradition for decades in Tampa. It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful day with the family, eating popcorn, hotdogs and watching a good game. Five teams play within 50 miles of Tampa Bay, and the largest spring training field is located right here: The New York Yankees play at the 11,026-seat Steinbrenner Field.
Plan a biking day with the family on downtown Tampa’s Riverwalk. Start at Water Works Park and then make your way to Curtis Hixon Park with a stop at the Glazer Children’s Museum. To make it a longer ride, continue your way along the Riverwalk to the Tampa Bay History Museum. The 38-mile Pinellas Trail, which stretches from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, is another great option for a day of biking. There are lots of great stops such as the city of Dunedin, where you can enjoy lunch at one of the cafes or cool down with a sweet treat at one of the ice cream shops.
There are so many options in Tampa Bay, whether you want to explore the works of Salvador Dali in St. Petersburg or learn about history in Tampa. The museums designed just for kids are great too. Check out Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg, which allows kids to pretend to be anything from a firefighter to a news anchor. The 24,000 square foot space is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. In downtown Tampa, Glazer Children’s Museum is all about the kiddos. Whether it’s caring for stuffed animals in the Vet Clinic, shopping for groceries, designing and building a house, painting, dancing or creating art, this museum has something for every child. Its location next to Curtis Hixon Park also makes this a great spot to enjoy a picnic with the kiddos afterwards.
By Anna Tataris De Jesus
Originally published in the March 2018 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.